Center for Extended Care at Amherst is in Amherst, Massachusetts. This is a subpar nursing home, with an overall grade of D. As far as we can see, we would struggle to recommend this facility. We would not blame you if you're ready to stop reading and find another facility. However, if you want to learn more about this nursing home's category grades, long-term care grades are discussed in the next section.
Center for Extended Care at Amherst
- Nursing Home
Updated Sep 1, 2022 by Nick Reese
150 University Drive,
Amherst MA 01002
65.59% estimated occupancy 1
- Accepts Medicare 1
- Accepts Medicaid 1
- No CCRC
- Has Resident Council
- No Family Council
- For profit - Corporation
- Speech Therapy
- Occupational Therapy
- Physical Therapy
- Nutritional Counseling
Registered Staff Hours
Long-term Care Quality
Although we did not rate this nursing home favorably overall, we want to point out its relatively favorable long-term care grade this year. We gave it a B in this category. In a long-term care environment, the nursing home's primary objective is to maintain patients' quality of life and keep them safe. One of the statistics we considered after nurse's aid hours is vaccines. This facility administered the pneumonia vaccine to 89.38053 percent of its residents. Clearly, this facility is doing something right in this area as it was able to keep its residents out of the hospital. Indeed, it had less than one hospitalization per one thousand long-term resident days, which is an impressively low figure.
We gave this facility a grade of C for our inspections category. We would argue that one of the most critical factors in evaluating an inspection report is deficiencies. We especially focus on the severity of those deficiencies. This place was assessed 4 deficiencies on its government inspection report, but we were relieved to find that none were category G through L deficiencies. This indicates that the government inspectors did not deem any of the deficiencies to create an imminent danger to resident safety or health. Unfortunately, we also need to draw your attention to the fact that this facility received significant government fines in recent years.
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Short-term Care Quality
The next best area we gave this facility in any area came in the area of short-term care, where we gave it a grade of C. Our short-term care grades are based on a facility's quantity of skilled nursing services. This includes a vast scope of services, ranging from registered nurses to physical and respiratory therapists, as well as other forms of therapy. Unfortunately, this nursing home was below average in terms of its level of physical therapy and registered nurse hours provided to its residents based on the measures we assessed. The last datapoint we looked at in this category is the number of patients who were able to leave the nursing home and return home. We discovered that just 5.3 percent of this facility's residents were able to return home, which is actually below average.
The last category we looked at was nursing. In this category, we awarded this facility a C. Our nursing rating looks at the facility's nurse staffing levels. We weigh both the levels of skill of the nurses and the amount of time spent with patients. This place provides 0.3 hours of nursing care per patient daily. This is a much lower figure than we are used to seeing. Lastly, nursing ratings also consider quality-based metrics, such as avoiding major falls. Despite not having the most impressive total nursing hours, this nursing home performed admirably in the metric of preventing major falls. This is generally a good indicator that a place has sufficient quality controls in place. Some falls could be avoided if a nursing home supplies enough nurses aids to assist its patients.
Rating Over Time
Compared to national and state averages across all facilities.
Center for Extended Care at Amherst Quality Metrics
Minimizes Pressure Ulcers
In Center for Extended Care at Amherst, 6.44% of Patients had Pressure Ulcers
This is is a measure of the percent of long-term stay residents who are suffering from new or worsened pressure ulcers. We have found that pressure ulcers are a reliable measure of quality of care.
Minimizes Serious Falls
In Center for Extended Care at Amherst, 3.68% of Patients had Serious Falls
This is the percentage of residents that suffered from a fall which caused serious injury.
Minimizes Urinary Tract Infections
In Center for Extended Care at Amherst, 2.42% of Patients had UTIs
This indicates the percent of residents that have had a urinary tract infection. These infections could be linked to insufficient hygiene.
Appropriately Uses Anti-Psychotic Medication
In Center for Extended Care at Amherst, 19.05% of Patients use Anti-Psychotic Medication
This tells you the percent of patients prescribed antipsychotic drugs. While antipsychotic medications may be vital to many residents, it is important to ensure these medications are being used appropriately. In some cases, excessive reliance on these medications may mean a nursing home is using these drugs to subdue residents.
Appropriately Uses Anti-Anxiety Medication
In Center for Extended Care at Amherst, 18.65% of Patients use Anti-Anxiety Medication
This indicates the percentage of residents given antianxiety medications. These medications are prescribed to residents experiencing depression and anxiety.
Managing Depression Among Residents
In Center for Extended Care at Amherst, 1.93% of Patients
This tells you the percent of patients exhibiting depressive symptoms. Increased levels of depression could imply worse patient care.
Appropriate Vaccine Usage
In Center for Extended Care at Amherst, 91.44% of Patients
This is the percent of residents who were given the pneumonia and flu vaccines. High vaccination rates should be the norm at this point.
Residents Maintain Autonomy
In Center for Extended Care at Amherst, 15.15% Percentage of Patients
This is the percentage of residents that required increased assistance with activities of daily living over time. High levels of dependence on staff for assistance with activities of daily living may be a sign of the decline of a resident's well-being.
Ability to Keep Residents Mobile
In Center for Extended Care at Amherst, 17.66% Percentage of Residents
This indicates the percent of residents that maintained mobility over time. Preserving mobility is usually a good sign for residents' health.
In Center for Extended Care at Amherst, 1.44 Hospitalizations per 1,000 resident days
This is a measure of the number of hospitalizations per thousand days of patient care.
Short-term Care: Rehospitalizations
In Center for Extended Care at Amherst, 17.66 Percentage of Residents Rehospitalized
Measures the number of rehospitalizations per thousand days of short-term patient care.
Short-term Care: ER Visits
In Center for Extended Care at Amherst, 10.93 Percentage of Patients
This indicates the number of times residents are sent to the emergency room per 1,000 days of short-term patient care. There is generally a correlation between having fewer emergency room visits and the overall quality of care.
Short-term Care: Facilitates Functional Improvement
In Center for Extended Care at Amherst, 71.35% Percentage of Resident
This datapoint measures the percent of short-term patients who experienced functional improvements, such as with activities of daily living. Some experts argue that this is a measure of a facility's rehabilitation performance.
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